Now that Boston has the pick after trading the top selection for No. 3 and a future first, Smith believes the C's intend to trade for Butler.
Danny Ainge isn't anxious.
The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have officially announced the details of their NBA Draft trade involving the No. 1 overall pick. "They're getting the player they want", said Ainge, the Celtics' president of basketball operations.
For the Sixers, a team who has been acquiring draft picks and "trusting the process" for years now, this trade is precisely the type of move the team had been preparing to make. "It's a good deal for both teams". Fultz is a talented two-way player that gives the 76ers the ballhandler they sorely lacked.
Boston gets the No. 3 pick in Thursday's draft from Philadelphia, plus either a first-rounder in 2018 and 2019.
"I think he's supertalented, superexplosive", said Cal guard Jabari Bird of Pac-12 rival Fultz following Monday's Sixers workout. Boston would get the more favorable of those two selections, but not No. 1.
"We are certainly aware of our competition", Ainge said.
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Los Angeles now holds the second and 28th picks in the first round. The Sixers worked Fultz out on Saturday night as talks with the Celtics got to the final stages. It was agreed to in principle at that point, with the last holdup being the customary league approval on the terms.
There are some conditions on the future first-rounder Boston gets out of this deal. If the Los Angeles Lakers hold a pick between No. 2 and No. 5 next season, Boston gets that one.
If Boston holds onto the pick, it would have seven first-rounders in the next three years.
Davis still four more years under contract with New Orleans, and the team just made a splash move at the trade deadline this season to land DeMarcus Cousins. "But we're not afraid of that".
With Thomas, though, the Celtics didn't necessarily need a point guard - which is the piece Philadelphia apparently wanted most.
The 6-foot-4 Fultz. who has a wingspan of 6-9 3/4, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and shot 41.3 percent from 3-pointers during his only collegiate season. He was the top freshman scorer in the country.
Fultz, barring something shocking, will join a core in Philadelphia that includes Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and 2017 Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.